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Student 'seriously wounded' in DR Congo army op – medic

The Manila Times logo The Manila Times 16/01/2022 Agence France-Presse

BUNIA, DR Congo: At least one student was "seriously wounded" on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) when an army air strike hit a school in the troubled northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), local sources said. "At around 9:00 this morning (0700 GMT), two FARDC (army) helicopters came to bomb around Petsi's health center and school," Maki Angaika, a nurse at the health center, said. Local community leader, Ngandru Dede Lombela, said the bomb had fallen in the playground "at around 10 a.m. when the children were on their break." An army spokesman in Ituri, the district where the incident happened, said military operations had been carried out in the zone, but gave no details on the intended targets or details of casualties. Gold-rich Ituri, on DR Congo's border with Uganda, has seen a flare-up in violence since the end of 2017 after 20 years of relative calm.

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